Skipping This Year’s Madden?

I am a big sports gamer.  It is the primary reason why I continue to play games in my 40s. I love sports and throughout the various generations of consoles the video games continue to improve in realism. Visually and mechanically these games have come to mirror the sports we love. But I am seeing fatigue with my beloved sports games much earlier this year.

Maybe I’m ready for the next generation of consoles. Maybe I’m beginning to grow out of my sports gaming habits. Maybe this generation of sports video games hasn’t been as great as I thought. Some portion of that is true. As I start taking in all of the news about this year’s crop of sports games, I can’t help but think that there hasn’t been a “great” version of my favorite sports games this generation.

Sure there have been the “best” version of Madden or 2K this console generation, but have they been great? I can think of versions of wrestling games (WWF No Mercy, N64), basketball games (NBA Live 2005, PS2), football games (ESPN NFL 2k5, Xbox) and more that sports gamers continue to love till this day. Maybe it’s easier to become nostalgic about a game you enjoyed years ago. Maybe I will feel the same about Madden NFL 18 or PES 2018. Two games that I played a lot of and enjoyed throughly.

As an EA Access member, I have 10 hours to play the new Madden NFL 20 and decide on whether or not I’m going to drop another $60 on a game I will probably stop playing in October. It’s become an annual, and costly, cycle that I’d like to break in the worst way. I love football and I love sports video games but new consoles are on the way, and I am feeling like this years sports games are a series of tweaks to keep us occupied before we see a leap in graphics and other mechanics.

With all that being said, I am enjoying trying out this year’s Madden but I also enjoyed last year’s game. Both games are similar in a lot of ways. I feel like graphics were slightly better last year. The gameplay improvements aren’t drastic but definitely noticeable. I am going to buy Madden this year but I am going to wait for a sale.  If recent years are any indication, this game will be on sale for about 50% less before Black Friday.

 

HHN Tierlist: Ghostface Killah Albums

Everyone else is doing it, so why not us?! A break down of Ghostface Killah’s catalog and where those albums fall in our chosen categories. Check out our list and leave your comments in the comment section below.

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HHN Podcast Tier List: Snoop Dogg Albums

Everyone else is doing it, so why not us?! A break down of Snoop Dogg’s catalog and where those albums fall in our chosen categories. Check out our list and leave your comments in the comment section below. Listen to my weekly podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast…

Hip-Hop NOW Podcast Tier List! “Jay-Z and Nas Albums”

Everyone else is doing it, so why not us?! A break down of Jay-Z and Nas’s catalogs and where those albums fall in our chosen categories. Check out our list and leave your comments in the comment section below.

Listen to my weekly podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hip-hop-now-podcast/id1126359845

Check out the Tier list here: https://tiermaker.com/create/jay-z-and-nas-albums-90732

 

[Article] Nike Fit to scan your feet

The year is 2019, and we do not yet have access to flying cars. On the bright side, I am pleased to announce that technology is still moving right along in its respective industries. Check out what Nike is into in the article below.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/08/nike-is-launching-nike-fit-to-scan-your-feet-tell-you-your-shoe-size.html

Hip-Hop NOW Podcast EXTRA! “2006-2010”

This week…we take a look at the best hip-hop albums from 2006 to 2010. Vegas decides which is the best of them all! Subscribe, Like, Comment, and Share!

Check out the best of 2000 – 2005: Hiphopnowpodcast – Hip-hop-now-podcast-extra-2000-2005

[New Album] The Cranberries-In The End

Gotdamnit, it seems like everything has had a solemn undertone over the past few months. I LITERALLY had to pause the title track in order to write this post as I could feel my emotions welling up within. Lead singer Dolores O’Riordan passed away early last year, leaving fans heart broken all across the world. She had a powerful voice and ultimately was a staple for women in rock…specifically in the 90’s. This is the band’s final album, and absolutely the end of an era. Give In The End a listen, and let The Cranberries take you away one final time. The music lives on!

“RIP NIP”

By now you may have heard the news.  Rapper and Philanthropist Nipsey Hussel was gun down in front of his store in Los Angeles, California. The hip-hop community is devastated by this news. The murder of a emcee is all too familiar in the hip-hop game. Something we could never get used to.

Some people blame it on jealousy, others say the government was involved because of a documentary about Dr. Sebi, and some think gang violence. All that matters is the lost of a man who wanted to do better for is people.  A man that wanted to be an example of hard work paying off. It’s a tragic loss but his words and inspiring spirit will never be forgotten.

Last year he dropped his debut album, the Grammy nominated, Victory Lap. He’d been putting in work for years on the underground hip-hop scene and his first album was big. So big that it made my podcast’s “Top 5 Albums of 2018” list.  Here’s an excerpt from that show and our thoughts.

Rest in Power Ermias Asghedom 🎤